Evening Update 20 Feb

Clean Hands - In the notorious Clean Hands case concerning corruption, fraud, and money laundering, in the building of the Odeon Tower in Monaco, the Appeal Court in Aix-en-Provence has upheld the original decision, where the Mayor of Beausoleil and the Marz.occo Brothers have been cleared of any involvement. The suspended jail sentence, and €100,000 fine, on Italian businessman Lino Alberti remains in place. The original trial was held last November in Marseille after taking more than seven years to come to court.  

The appeal court also upheld the original sentence against, Vincent Del.homel, who was found guilty of embezzling almost €10,000 from the association he established, to help victims of the July 14th attacks in Nice. In addition to the original sentence, the court has also ordered he pay additional material damages to the association.

Olympics - There were joyous scenes at Nice Cote d’Azur airport this morning, as local Olympic medallist Julia Pere.ira de Souza returned home. At 16 years of age, she is the youngest French Olympic medallist ever, after winning silver in the Snowboard Cross. Julia will be celebrated at St Cézaire on Thursday at 11 am, then in the evening at the Palais Nikai.a and finally on her home slopes at Isola 2000 on Saturday!

Dolphin - A dolphin, found on the beach in Eze, has died. The dolphin was spotted yesterday afternoon, but several attempts to get it back in the water, failed. Tests will be carried out on the body to determine the cause of death.

Taxi - Travellers have welcomed the introduction of flat taxi fares to and from Nice Cote d’Azur airport. A new agreement with the Perfecture will see fixed fares of 32 euros to Nice, 80 euros to Cannes and 90 euros to or from Monaco.

Lottery - The most important Euro million jackpot of the year takes place tonight, with 160 million euros up-for-grabs. If the jackpot is not won tonight, it will increase to 190 million in the next draw.


HSBC has posted a pre-tax profit of $17.2bn, saying its focus on Asia, was driving growth. While the results do represent a 141% jump on 2016 profits, that year the bank incurred a string of one-off costs including the sale of its Brazil business. Today’s result is still almost 2bn dollars lower than the 18.9bn reported in 2015.

The UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to take on the City of London if he becomes prime minister. He said finance should be the servant of industry, not the masters. He called for a fundamental rethink of the finance sector, how it is regulated, and promised to introduce new government powers to intervene in hostile takeovers.


Winter Olympics - Martin Fourcade has cemented his place as the most decorated French athlete in Olympic history, as he won yet another gold for France in the biathlon mixed relay. The win means he now holds five Olympic titles.

Despite an unfortunate wardrobe mishap in the qualifiers, French figure skaters Gabriella Papadakis and her partner have gone on to claim Olympic silver, in their first games ever, establishing a new world record score of 123.35. However, the overall scores meant that title holders Canada held on to the gold.

Briton Elise Christie is out of the Olympics once more. In her 1,000m short track heat, she fell at the start of the race, and despite an injury, continued after a restart finishing in a qualifying spot. However, the judges deemed she was guilty of two infringements, resulting in a yellow card and disqualification.

In the medals tables, Norway and Germany still lead with 11 golds each, with France in fifth place and Great Britain in sixteenth.

Tonights events include Alpine Skiing, Bobsleigh and Figure Skating.

Football - Wigan’s shocking victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City, knocking them out of the FA Cup, has been marred by some scenes of violence after the game. In a pitch invasion some supporters ripped out advertising boards and threw them towards police, while City's Sergio Aguero had an altercation with a fan where he was spat and sworn at. Police have confirmed a number of arrests were made.

In Champions League, there are two first leg games tonight with Chelsea facing a difficult task against Catalan giants Barcelona, while Bayern Munich play Besiktas. Both games kick off at 8.45pm.

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